About this listing
Beautiful views of the Camden Hills and Lake Quantabacook from our comfortable and peaceful mountaintop camp. Our location is perfect for people who want to retreat from busy urban areas and the saturated tourist belt of the Maine coast. Abutting the Frye Mountain Game Preserve with easy access to the Sheepscot Watershed Land Alliance's network of trails, our camp manages to feel very far away from everything even though Belfast (a cool, small, not-too-touristy city--home of our restaurant, bakery, and market, Chase's Daily) is only ten miles away. Off-grid, solar-powered, propane fridge, on-demand hot water, wood stove, compost heap out back, herbs to pick from the terraced gardens, fog lingering in the valley come dawn, stars aplenty in the true dark at night, moss and lichen gleaming in the rain, wildflowers brassy in the hot sun. Real kitchen suitable for cooks. Cotton sheets, soft pillows, comfortable beds (for us)—one queen sized and one double. No phone line, tv, or internet access. Good cell phone reception. Good pets are welcome!
Summer and fall $150 per night, five night minimum, or $1000 per week
Winter and spring--will consider shorter stays, 4wd or awd necessary.
Interaction with Guests
Our hosting style is by default at arm's length. We are available by email, phone, and text but not usually immediately--we are swamped by our jobs of restaurant and farm, particularly during high season. We trust that our hospitality shows through the beauties and amenities of our Camp.
Other Things to Note
In Maine, a "camp" is a getaway: modest summer house, shack or defunct camper at lake's edge or deep in the woods. Ours isn't so different--we built it with recycled materials, hand me downs, deals out of Uncle Henry's, bits and pieces from Marden's and a lot of our own sweat and time. It is not fancy, nor is it a house. A camp is not for everyone and as the glowing reviews pile up for our listing we just want to be sure potential guests understand that our camp is surely not perfect. We love it, and love to share it, but it is a work in progress and still very much a camp. For example: our water is very hard with iron, our beds are poly-foam with wool toppers, and our basement bedroom smells of damp in the summer til the windows have been opened, the lawn is not a lawn but a wild flower tangle, and sometimes there are loud 4-wheelers on the Frye Mountain Road. The floor is just a painted sub-floor rather than a proper floor and the stitched together runners that form our Flokati rug sheds a bit. Sometimes, there might be a spider. "Camp" for Mainers is a chance to get away and relax, to be close to nature, to rough it a bit. We think many people--adults and children--will love our camp as we do, but it is certainly not for everyone, nor is it perfect.
We list our camp as kid/family friendly but not every kid or every family will appreciate our camp. Our kid loves camp and has thrived there since day one, but then she has grown with it . . . every kid is different.
There is no smoking in the camp. The basement wall heater is intended to be used intermittently for supplemental heat. Recommended use is for 1-2 hours before bed and turned off at other times. The wood stove is the primary source of heat for the camp. We supply plenty of wood. Guests need to be aware of the battery meter and be conservative if need arises (extended cloudy weather). Power system shuts down when the batteries reach 75% capacity. We do not add a cleaning charge to our rent because we expect guests to leave the camp much as they find it and treat it with care. We also prefer to be alerted if problems arise, or if something gets damaged.